Taff Ely Learning Campus

Rhondda Cynon Taff, UK
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Key facts & Challenges

  • Sector: Education
  • Project value: £40m
  • Client: Coleg Morgannwg
  • Contractor: Laing O'Rourke
  • Subcontractor: Optimum Drywall

The University of Glamorgan’s Taff Ely Learning Campus is a £40 million educational facility that will include areas for studying IT, science, sport, catering, music and the performing arts. It will also house the Mid Glamorgan County Borough Library. The facility includes two curved blocks linked by a glazed atrium – a complex space, calling for innovative solutions for managing the building’s acoustics. Siniat worked with Boyes Rees Architects to create the original specification, which was refined with the design team of the main contractor Laing O'Rourke.

Installation Phase

Siniat’s GTEC Pregybel has been used at the University of Glamorgan’s Taff Ely Learning Campus to help architects Boyes Rees and contractors Laing O’Rourke develop a creative glazed atrium in one of the building’s central areas. These large internal air spaces were particularly challenging as, without careful management, they could have created a resonant sound that would have been intrusive. To mitigate this problem, Siniat suggested using GTEC Pregybel, a perforated acoustic board, to provide the necessary acoustic damping performance within the atrium’s open stairwells and corridors. Other areas of the campus called for even more specialised acoustic management. The music, dance and performing arts studios required a higher-performance specification given the particular need to ensure greater levels of sound insulation.

GTEC Pregybel at Taff Ely Learning Campus


GTEC Pregybel

GTEC Pregybel is a perforated gypsum-based board that is bonded to a protective tissue to retain acoustic insulation installed over it.

GTEC Pregybel installation project at Taff Ely Learning Campus

“Managing sound levels is an intricate process when you consider the complex acoustic environments that schools provide. Areas of intense quiet, like libraries, have to be balanced with vibrant social spaces and recreation areas. In some situations sound has to carry, elsewhere you have to contain it -Taff Ely Learning Campus is a great example of making that design work in practice, relies on careful specification and early participation."

Chris Norris, Architectural Specification ManagerSiniat


Local Impact

“The project was ambitious in its design, and provides a fantastic environment for students. Making the design work in practice relied on careful specification and early participation, which is a blueprint for successful working throughout the industry.”

Chris Norris, Architectural Specification Manager

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